Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District
The Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) is defined as an area where houses or structures meet or intermingle with wildland vegetation. Mammoth Lakes is located within the WUI, and due to its close proximity to flammable fuels, is at a high risk for wildfire. As opposed to a typical residential fire, WUI fires can result in numerous homes igniting in a very short time. The usual outcome is that a home either survives or is totally destroyed; very few structures incur only partial damage. The key to decreasing WUI losses is to reduce home ignitability through strategies such as creating defensible space around your home and property, and hardening your home. You can view the 2019 Wildfire Risk Report here.
We're happy to meet with you at your property and provide you with prevention strategies!
Being familiar with your defensible space zones and proactively maintaining your property not only protects your your home, but your entire neighborhood. View the CAL FIRE defensible space inspection form here, and perform a self-inspection.
~ Remove all dead plants, grass, weeds (vegetation) and bushes
~ Trim trees regularly to keep branches a minimum of 10 feet from other trees.
~ Remove or prune flammable plants and shrubs near windows.
~ Create a separation between trees, shrubs and items that could catch fire, such as patio furniture, wood piles, swing sets, etc.
~ Remove dead or dry leaves and pine needles from your yard, roof and rain gutters.
~ Relocate wood piles into Zone 2 (June 1 - Sept. 30).
~ Remove vegetation and items that could catch fire from around and under decks.
~ Cut or mow grass down to a maximum height of 4 inches.
~ Create vertical spacing between grass, shrubs and trees.
~ Create horizontal spacing between shrubs and trees.
~ Remove fallen leaves, needles, twigs, bark, pine cones, and small branches. A maximum of 3 inches of vegetative material is permitted.